Purdue Women’s Basketball vs. Toledo Picture Gallery

Here are a few pictures from the second round WNIT game held at Mackey Arena Monday night.

The team waiting for the National Anthem

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Drey Leads the Way

Drey Mingo with 2 of her 21 last night

Last night at halftime things were up in the air in Mackey Arena. The Boilers were struggling and down by seven to the Toledo Rockets. The biggest reason that they were down though seemed to be hustle. The Rockets really seemed to want it more in the first half. Sometimes you wonder what is said to a team at halftime. Last night we were pretty sure that we knew what head coach Sharon Versyp told her team. Continue reading

Purdue v. Toledo in Pictures

Maybe the outcome of the game is the reason I was a little slow in posting my ten pictures from the Toledo game. Here they are though for better or worse. I have a series of the Marve injury, but I decided to leave it off of here because it is just too depressing.Here is the Purdue drum at halftime in the end zone. At this point in the game it was the first time anyone from Purdue had been in the end zone. Continue reading

The Rockets Red Glare

Yesterday I was witness to one of the worst defeats I have ever seen the Boilers take. They have been beaten by worse teams and by bigger scores when I was in attendance. What made this one so hard to take though was the fact that they were clearly dominated by a much lesser team. A Toledo team that had no offense or defense to speak of coming into the game took it to the Boilers from the start. The picture above pretty much sums up the day for the Boilers. In the first quarter Robert Marve was sacked by a Toledo defenseman who hit him so hard that he once again tore his ACL. It appears that he will now be lost for the season. Add that to the #2 quarterback Caleb Ter Bush already lost for the season after being declared academically ineligible it will be a hard road ahead for the Boilers. Continue reading

Game Preview: Toledo at Purdue

Saturday the Toledo Rockets come to Ross-Ade Stadium to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. This is the second straight week that the Boilers will face an opponent from the MAC. After Saturday they get a week off so I have to find somewhere else to watch a game to start October. It is the first time in years that the Boilers have had a bye week during the season. It would be great to enter that bye week 3-1 before the start of Big Ten play. That would leave them just three wins shy of a bowl berth. I love going to warm places in the winter so hopefully the Boilers can get somewhere warm around the holidays. They fell one game short last season of a bowl, and two non-conference losses would have helped out big time. The Boilers must take care of business Saturday to keep their vacation plans on track. Continue reading

Football on Grass

After watching Joe Tiller take Purdue to new heights with his “basketball on grass” offense it was kind of neat to see Purdue beating an opponent with the run game. Ralph Bolden had a great day for the Boilers. He ran for 234 yards and two touchdowns. He broke a 78 yard run on the third play of the year from scrimmage to start the Purdue scoring. Jaycen Taylor added 81 yards and two touchdowns on the day as well. The running back position seems to be just fine. Joey Elliot looked both good and bad yesterday. He was 17-28 on the day for 220 yards, three touchdowns, but also three picks. Some key drops may have hurt those numbers a bit. He had some passes right on the money that were not caught. A couple balls off of fingertips also went into the other teams hands. Next week will be a good test for both the running and the passing games. Joey will see some real pressure right off the bat I am sure. The receiving corps also had a good day. Both Keith Carlos and Antavian Edison shook off a dropped pass to make their first catch as a Boiler in the end zone. In all eight receivers made a catch on Saturday. None could match the day that Keith Smith had though. He caught eight passes for 117 yards and one touchdown. His lone bad moment occurred near the end of the first half when he was wide open and lost track of the ball. This would have added about fifty some yards and a touchdown to his numbers on the day.
It was that missed opportunity that set up the crazy moment of the day. With just enough time on the clock to run one more play after a Jeff Lindsay catch the Boilers called timeout. I thought that it would be to set up the Hail Mary play. Nobody kicks from midfield. A guy behind me was yelling for the field goal. I immediately thought that this guy was crazy or drunk. Nobody kicks from midfield. There is too much to lose with the possibility of it being blocked and returned. Who can make that kick anyway. The kick team came out, and once again I was shocked. Nobody kicks from midfield. Carson Wiggs set himself, and LaPorte’s own Kris Staats knelt down to hold the ball. I kept thinking why are we doing this. I was still wondering why when the ball was snapped. From the moment it left his right foot though you knew it had enough distance. The only question was whether or not it would be accurate enough. It went between the uprights for a school record 59 yard field goal. I guess that nobody kicks from midfield unless your kicker can make it. Wiggs broke his old record of 57 yards that he set last season at Ohio State. That was a great way to go into halftime.

The defense was the only thing that had me somewhat optimistic heading into this season. They had veterans coming back who I thought might carry this team. They gave up almost 500 yards yesterday. 423 of those yards came through the air. Toledo kept running the same play over the middle with success. It was the only play of its kind that they would run from the set that they were in. The fans knew that a pass to #12 was coming over the middle, but our team did not. They had a rough go of it with many players leaving the field on a cart to get fluids. They did pick off two passes (three if you count the one that for some reason could not be reviewed). None of those were more impressive than the one that is pictured to the right. 6-4″ 310 pound redshirt freshman defensive tackle Kawann Short made a very athletic interception on a ball deflected by Mike Neal. He is shown grabbing the point of the ball just before it hits the turf. It was a great play, and I immediately checked my camera to see if I got the shot. Thank God that I did. Once again we have some work to do before the trip to Eugene next weekend. This was an exciting game to watch though. Danny Hope gets Purdue win #1 in what I hope will be a quick assault on Joe Tiller’s Purdue record. Boiler Up!